is tempered by the Gulf Stream. Summers in Iceland
are mild and the winters rather cold.
The colourful Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) show from the end
of August. From the end of May to the beginning of August, there
are nearly 24 hours of continuous daylight in Reykjavík,
while in the northern part of the country the sun barely sets at
Winds can be strong and gusty at
times and there is the intermittent dust storm in the interior.
Snow is not as common as the name of the country
would seem to suggest and, in any case, does not lie for long in
Reykjavík, it is only in northern Iceland that skiing
conditions are practically certain. However, the weather is variable
at all times of the year, and in Reykjavík there may be rain,
sunshine, drizzle and snow in the same day. The air is clean and
free of pollution in Iceland.
Lightweights are advised for warmer months, with
extra woollens for walking and the cooler evenings. Medium to heavyweights
are recommended in winter. Waterproofing is necessary
throughout the year.